23 Aug
jrockets by Junk Food Critic
jrockets, a photo by Junk Food Critic on Flickr.

Location: Houston Texas (The Woodlands area)

I was in town visiting a few friends, and I noticed alot had changed since my last visit. I was without direction as I just drove aimlessly about looking and mentally jotting down all the new places that I probably wanted to try.

Along I-45, I pass what must have surely been 50 restaurants, at least. (One of them stuck out— ZIO’S, which is the restaurant concept from the same company that created my beloved MAZZIO’S—-seems all roads lead to Mazzio’s….but I digress)

I end up by the Woodlands mall, and I am delighted to see a JOHNNY ROCKETS in the small shopping center near the mall.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure, JOHNNY ROCKETS is a 50’s theme diner. They play old music and dress like soda-jerks (which is a good term and good thing) and serve your basic hamburgers, fries, and shakes.

I LOVE Johnny Rockets. When there was one in Dallas and Arlington, I would frequent them often. Sadly it seems I was the only one, because both of them closed.

So I was pretty hyped to see one. Walking in, I got even MORE hyped because it’s a LARGER sized restaurant than the ones I was used to. The staff all shouted “WELCOME TO JOHNNY ROCKETS” as we walked in. Ahhh….the traditions begin.

I say this because Johnny Rockets is full of little things that make it cool Like the fact they all make sure everyone greets you and says goodbye when you leave. Another is if you order fries or onion rings, they serve them, then produce a ketchup bottle and draw a smiley face on the plate or service container. Every NEW person that I ever brought to a Johnny Rockets loved these little touches. It makes the place more fun and kinda personal.

Each table has a small jukebox that will play oldies for 5 cents, and the walls in this location had a couple of big plasmas. Cool!

(on a side note, most J/R locations I have been to, have “secret songs” on those jukeboxes. Play that secret song and the crew break out into song and dance. I am NOT kidding)

We walk in, and slide into a booth. We are immediately greeted by a nice male server. He is quick with the specials and suggestions. We order all sorts of sodas and milkshakes. Everyone I brought was really interested in having the FULL ON Johnny Rockets experience.

I notice the nearby table is getting their food. Their server is going through the “ketchup smiley” routine and I can’t wait until our server surprises my guests with it.

Sadly. He didn’t.

He was a quick and efficient waiter, but not much personality or fun. He did not refill drinks, was rather quick with the check (and when I opened the check book, noticed that he short changed me).

Despite this, I can NOT recommend JOHNNY ROCKETS enough. I love the atmosphere and the food is good, albeit slightly pricey. 5.50 for a milkshake might be expensive to some.

I adore the place, and will not let the mediocre service of one deter me from singing it’s praises.


Try the shakes (I prefer MALTS) they are rich, thick, and dee-lish!

If they don’t do the “ketchup thing” ask about it.

Ask which song is the “secret song” they might roll their eyes at the thought of doing the routine ONE MORE TIME…..but I bet they will gladly tell you and jump right in!

Burgers are great….actually it’s all great!


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